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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 10/22/20 – CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS DAY!

Today marks the 58th anniversary of the highest stakes poker game ever played, one that terrified the entire world on INTERNATIONAL CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS DAY! It was 1962, the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, and American spy planes had […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 10/16/20 – “HOW’S THE CAKE, MARIE?” DAY!

It was 1793 and France was torn by a bloody revolution that saw the ranks of the aristocracy considerably thinned by a peasantry fed up with subsidizing the decadent wealthy while they starved. The French Revolution had been brewing for decades, but what lit the powder keg that […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 10/11/20 – GENERAL PULASKI MEMORIAL DAY!

There are several reasons why we have parades in his honor, and bridges named after Kazimierz Michał Wacław Wiktor Pułaski (1745-1779), or, as Americans call him; Pulaski. We just don’t know them. Still, we like to celebrate GENERAL PULASKI MEMORIAL DAY! Certainly one reason has to be […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 9/3/20 – TREATY OF PARIS DAY!

They took their time ending wars in the 18th century, when all they had was dial-up, and cell phone service was worse than AT&T’s. British Major General Cornwallis had surrendered to George Washington almost 2 years before, ending the American Revolution, but it took that long to […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 6/13/20 – LAFAYETTE DAY!

“Lafayette, we are here,” said General John Pershing when the American Expeditionary Force landed in France during World War One. He was referring to a 140 year-old debt to France for the services of one of their generals, who we salute on NATIONAL LAFAYETTE DAY! Marie-Joseph Paul Yves […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 3/10/20 – LOUISIANA PURCHASE DAY!

Wars are expensive, and nobody knew that better than Napoleon Bonaparte, who was forced to unload some prime real estate for a lousy 42¢ an acre to pay for his latest contretemps with the British Empire, making today NATIONAL LOUISIANA PURCHASE DAY! The year was 1803, and […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 1/9/20 – BALLOON ASCENSION DAY!

Jean Pierre Blanchard was a household name. In the Blanchard household, anyway. Born in France in 1750, he was the first to fly in the Americas, more than a century before the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, making today NATIONAL BALLOON ASCENSION DAY! On January 9, […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 12/29/19 – TEXAS STATEHOOD DAY!

On this date in 1845 the Republic of Texas ceased to exist and the 28th State was admitted to the Union, making today NATIONAL TEXAS STATEHOOD DAY! The nation born of insurrection against Mexico and remembering the Alamo became America’s largest state that December 29, 1845. Texas […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 12/16/19 – BATTLE OF THE BULGE DAY!

75 years ago today, December 16, 1944, Allied troops were settling in for the winter, having successfully invaded and liberated Nazi-occupied France and Belgium, forcing the mighty Wehrmacht into retreat and disarray. The war in Europe was widely considered all but won. By the Allies, anyway, but […]

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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 12/27/18 – FRUIT CAKE DAY!

  No, you don’t eat it. The last thing you want to do is eat that stuff. Nothing so dense and heavy can possibly be classified as food. If you notice, it’s 2 days after Christmas and no one’s even unwrapped it yet, not even on NATIONAL […]

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